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There is one big question on minds after Trump’s coronavirus briefing: ‘Where is Dr. Fauci?’

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On Monday, President Donald Trump entered the White House briefing room to discuss the spread of coronavirus — but one person was conspicuously absent from the room: Disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The absence caused a stir on social media, because the absence occurred immediately after Fauci — who has been contradicting the president frequently on health guidelines and recommendations — sat for an interview in which he criticized the president’s tendency to ad-lib facts and advice.

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Some commenters noted that Trump’s remarks once again ran contrary to everything Fauci has been recommending — and at times even appeared to take an indirect swipe at him:

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Coronavirus pandemic reveals GOP’s soft civil war

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JB Pritzker appeared on PBS Newshour. The Democratic governor of Illinois said the White House had arranged for personal protective equipment (PPE) to be flown in from China to meet shortages in the US. On its arrival, Pritzker said, the PPE will be turned over to private firms. States like his, which are experiencing the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, are expected to bid against each other for access to it.

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Republicans scrambling for a new 2020 election game plan in wake of Trump’s COVID-19 debacle: Ex-Ted Cruz aide

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Republicans who had hoped to see Donald Trump re-elected and their hold on the Senate maintained in the November election because of a strong economy are scrambling to come up with a new strategy now that millions are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Writing for the conservative Bulwark, former Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) aide Amanda Carpenter, explained that the GOP leadership has their work cut out for them in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis that may leave hundreds of thousands dead and millions out of work.

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Trump-loving pastor posts video of his ‘crucified’ son as he defies social distancing orders on Good Friday

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Tennessee pastor Greg Locke has insisted on continuing to hold church services despite coronavirus lockdown orders in his state, saying that his ministry is an "essential service."

"It’s important for us to remain open," Locke said late last month. "It's not because we’re trying to prove a point."

Locke is continuing his defiance of social distancing orders and is holding a Good Friday service. In a video posted to his Twitter account, he showed preparations for a reenactment of Jesus' crucifixion. Among the actors was his 16-year-old son, who can be seen in the video portraying a bloodied Christ on the cross.

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